Join the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū

Applications are now open for the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū.

The Youth Rōpū is a voluntary group for young people aged 14-24, coordinated by the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury Regional Council.

The goal of the Youth Rōpū is to build the relationship between the Regional Council and young people to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

So far the Youth Rōpū has engaged in meaningful ways with youth, staff and Council to bring a youth perspective to decisions.

The next year will be exciting and the Youth Rōpū offers a clear path to engage with decision-makers on issues that matter around us.

If you’re interested in the environment and want to help strengthen the youth voice in Canterbury, apply now!

There are 16 members and we currently have six vacancies:

  • North Canterbury – two people
  • North/East Christchurch – one person
  • South Christchurch – one person
  • Mid- Canterbury – one person
  • South Canterbury – one person

If you are unsure if you’re in one of these areas, please email Hannah Dunlop at hannah.dunlop@ecan.govt.nz.

Applications are now open for the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū.

The Youth Rōpū is a voluntary group for young people aged 14-24, coordinated by the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury Regional Council.

The goal of the Youth Rōpū is to build the relationship between the Regional Council and young people to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

So far the Youth Rōpū has engaged in meaningful ways with youth, staff and Council to bring a youth perspective to decisions.

The next year will be exciting and the Youth Rōpū offers a clear path to engage with decision-makers on issues that matter around us.

If you’re interested in the environment and want to help strengthen the youth voice in Canterbury, apply now!

There are 16 members and we currently have six vacancies:

  • North Canterbury – two people
  • North/East Christchurch – one person
  • South Christchurch – one person
  • Mid- Canterbury – one person
  • South Canterbury – one person

If you are unsure if you’re in one of these areas, please email Hannah Dunlop at hannah.dunlop@ecan.govt.nz.

  • Youth Rōpū background

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    In 2018 a group of young people formed a working group (Youth Participation Platform Working Group or YPPWG) with support from the Environment Canterbury Youth Engagement and Education Team (YEET) and funding from the Ministry of Youth Development.

    The goal of this group was to establish a platform for young people and decision-makers at Environment Canterbury to work together. This bought to life the aspirations, conversations and ideas that have been developed over the course of two years.

    As a result, the Youth Rōpū met for the first time in May 2019. Members, who are aged 14-24, all share an...

    In 2018 a group of young people formed a working group (Youth Participation Platform Working Group or YPPWG) with support from the Environment Canterbury Youth Engagement and Education Team (YEET) and funding from the Ministry of Youth Development.

    The goal of this group was to establish a platform for young people and decision-makers at Environment Canterbury to work together. This bought to life the aspirations, conversations and ideas that have been developed over the course of two years.

    As a result, the Youth Rōpū met for the first time in May 2019. Members, who are aged 14-24, all share an interest in the environment, developing their leadership skills and being part of an exciting team of young people that make a difference.

    It is a voluntary group made up of 16 people, with two mana whenua, and two geographic representatives from the following areas - North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Christchurch North East, Christchurch West, Christchurch South and Christchurch Central.

    Read the Consultation Document for a brief background, rationale and the framework for the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū.

  • What is involved?

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    The Youth Rōpū does not follow a traditional committee structure with a chairperson and so on.

    Instead, the Youth Rōpū have adopted a flat leadership structure with four teams set up to deliver on the five priority areas.

    • Social media – responsible for planning and running social media activities and posts
    • Coordination – responsible for the internal organisation of the Youth Rōpū
    • Events and partnerships – responsible for running and partnering on events and building relationships with relevant groups and organisations
    • Consultations and submissions – responsible for strategic involvement with consultations and submissions on key...

    The Youth Rōpū does not follow a traditional committee structure with a chairperson and so on.

    Instead, the Youth Rōpū have adopted a flat leadership structure with four teams set up to deliver on the five priority areas.

    • Social media – responsible for planning and running social media activities and posts
    • Coordination – responsible for the internal organisation of the Youth Rōpū
    • Events and partnerships – responsible for running and partnering on events and building relationships with relevant groups and organisations
    • Consultations and submissions – responsible for strategic involvement with consultations and submissions on key issues relating to Environment Canterbury.

    Baseline commitment

    To attend a face-to-face meeting every six weeks in Christchurch (usually on a Sunday 11am – 4pm); a fortnightly one-hour online meeting and be active in at least one team. This would be a minimum time commitment of six hours per month. Membership is on a voluntary basis.

    Membership term

    A Youth Rōpū member may hold a term of either one or two years, which must be indicated in the application process. At the end of their term, a member can go through the application process for another one or two year term and can continue to apply for consecutive terms until they turn 25 years of age. They must step down at the first recruitment period after their 25th birthday.

  • Goals & values

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    Mission statement

    The Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū exists to build a two-way relationship between young people and Environment Canterbury to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

    Goals

    • Information is attainable for young people: The Youth Rōpū helps Environment Canterbury share attainable information to young people so young people are informed about what is happening in a meaningful way.
    • Young people know how they can make a difference: The Youth Rōpū helps young people to see how they can make a difference and can demand the change they want and/or need.
    • Environment Canterbury incorporates...

    Mission statement

    The Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū exists to build a two-way relationship between young people and Environment Canterbury to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

    Goals

    • Information is attainable for young people: The Youth Rōpū helps Environment Canterbury share attainable information to young people so young people are informed about what is happening in a meaningful way.
    • Young people know how they can make a difference: The Youth Rōpū helps young people to see how they can make a difference and can demand the change they want and/or need.
    • Environment Canterbury incorporates youth voices into decision making: The Youth Rōpū provides a pathway for Environment Canterbury to receive the fresh and sustainable perspective that young people bring.
    • Young people can engage with their regional councillors: The Youth Rōpū allows young people to engage with elected representatives in a way that moves beyond tokenism.

    Core values

    • Respect – the Youth Rōpū is committed to valuing each person’s view and making all feel welcome and included.
    • Passion – We are committed to being positive and motivated by our purpose.
    • Kaitiakitanga stewardship – the Youth Rōpū is committed to caring for the things that are precious to us, particularly our natural resources and each other.
    • Resilience – the Youth Rōpū is committed to being determined and helping each other.
    • Integrity/Pononga – the Youth Rōpū is committed to doing things for the right reasons and upholding our promises.
  • Priorities and projects

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    Priority areas

    • Advice to Councillors and staff – to inform process and decisions
    • Attend Environment Canterbury meetings of relevance – to be a youth voice and presence
    • Consultations and submissions – to influence decisions being made
    • Social media – to engage a wide range of young people in relevant issues
    • Organising events – to foster youth engagement with relevant issues.

    Past projects

    • Completed Strengths Finder training
    • Developed foundation document and kaupapa
    • Established @Youth_4_waitaha Instagram page
    • Hosted the iSpeak Youth Connect on the Zero Carbon Act event in partnership with PYLAT...

    Priority areas

    • Advice to Councillors and staff – to inform process and decisions
    • Attend Environment Canterbury meetings of relevance – to be a youth voice and presence
    • Consultations and submissions – to influence decisions being made
    • Social media – to engage a wide range of young people in relevant issues
    • Organising events – to foster youth engagement with relevant issues.

    Past projects

    • Completed Strengths Finder training
    • Developed foundation document and kaupapa
    • Established @Youth_4_waitaha Instagram page
    • Hosted the iSpeak Youth Connect on the Zero Carbon Act event in partnership with PYLAT (Pacific Young Leaders and Transformation Council) and Youth Voice Canterbury
    • Co-wrote a submission on the Zero Carbon Act and presented to the Select Committee
    • Supported the Christchurch Youth Council Amazing Race Event
    • Established relationship with Environment Canterbury Councillors and how to work together
    • Attended briefings on key Environment Canterbury portfolios
    • Attended and presented at several Water Zone Committees
    • Attended the mihi whakatau for the newly elected Council.

    Upcoming projects

    • Youth engagement with freshwater management – water zone committees
    • Support the Watershed event for water zone committees
    • Survey to youth led environment groups and youth voice groups and working with these groups to promote the issues they care about
    • Schools environment groups hui
    • Youth engagement on the Environment Canterbury Long-Term Plan
    • Building the relationship with the new Environment Canterbury Councillors.